Defense and Security in Japan Forecast

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Jun 2012 125 Synergyst ASDR-59584

Japan is a small island nation located in Pacific Ocean in East Asian region. The end of the Cold War marked the beginning of a brief period of unparalleled security for Japan. The collapse of the Soviet Union, coupled with the U.S.-Japan alliance, made the 1990s probably the safest ten years in Japan’s history. However, this has forced Japan into curbing its development of military.

When the Tohoku earthquake struck in 2011, Japanese government deployed 100,000 of its tenacious 240,000 Self Defense Force (SDF), considered to be military's most copious mobilization since the World War II. This has gotten SDF nothing but accolades from the Japanese society which is a rarity as it only garnered negative opinions due to its involvement in the World War.

The Japanese state faces no internal hazards to its security, but, a number of new potential external threats, including a nuclear-armed North Korea, an aggressive China, and threats to energy security have spelled a reversal of fortune for Japan that promises to make the early 21st century radically different than the previous decades.

Recently, Japan was alarmed by China's audacity to move its naval vessels near to Japan's southern territory. Japan must re-prioritize its defense spending to effectively deter rising challenges without a substantial increase in the defense budget. It must also alter its existing defense policy, which remains rooted in the logic of the Cold War.

Japan has the US as its key ally. The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has continued with its policies regarding the state's defense that had been earlier embraced by the LDP. Presence of US forces in its Okinawa region has been a developing constraint for the government for quite some time now. What Japan needs to realize is that there is a great deal of utility in aligning with other old potential partners, including Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and India. Japan’s best bet for the future is to burrow into relationships with key allies as deeply as possible, and to strive for maximum interoperability.

With its dwindling economic growth, Japan has been encountering problems enhancing its military capabilities. The defense budget has obviously suffered as its consequence by having very minimal amount of funding for its growth. With the political situation not doing too well, the future of the defense industry in Japan seems to lurk in mire.

Although Japan has had a longstanding tradition of building weapons domestically, it may be time for it to simply give up certain industrial bases in the interests of cost-efficiency. Japan could purchase amphibious vessels from France, and small arms from Germany. If Japan plays it out smartly and also places effort in morphing its defense and political condition into a sturdy position, then it can surely hope to be a self sufficient state in all regards.

In this industry scenario, Synergyst analyzes the Defense and Security industries in Japan. The report covers the following:

• In order to understand the development of the Japanese defense and security industry, it is important to take a look at the geopolitical situation in the world, particularly in North East Asia. Our research report analyzes the emergence of a new geopolitical situation in the world through a look at the new roles to be played by the United States, China, Japan, the Koreas, India, Russia, Europe, Brazil, Turkey, Iran, the Middle East, and Africa, in the coming years.

• The emergence of new great powers around the world in the face of growing global terrorism is analyzed in the report.

• An analysis of the security market in North East Asia is important in establishing the importance of Japan in this industry across this entire region. The geopolitical significance of North East Asia is important as there are many flashpoints in the region that could have an impact on Japan’s emergence as a leader in this industry in the region.

• Situation on the Russia-China border, China's Western Border, China-North Korea border, China-India border, and China's growing military presence in the region is looked at.

• Japan's influence in the region cannot be overlooked as well as the importance of maintaining geopolitical status quo in the North East Asian region. All this and more is analyzed in the report Defense and Security in Japan.

• In order to examine the defense and security industries in Japan, it is necessary to analyze the political landscape in Japan, including the major political changes on the horizon.

• Moving on to the analysis of the security industry in Japan, we analyze the domestic security situation as well as the external security situation. Furthermore, we analyze the impact of the Japan-US and the Japan, North Korea and Chain relations, and the implications these pose for the Japanese security industry.

• We carry out a SWOT analysis of the Japanese Security Market.

• An analysis of Japan’s Armed Forces is necessary in order to establish the growing importance of Japan in the Asian region in terms of military presence. Global deployments of Japanese armed forces and Japan’s weapons of mass destruction are all analyzed in this section.

• Moving on to an analysis of Japan’s defense industry, we analyze the market profile, industry trends, competition in the industry, Japan’s arms trade, and procurement of arms in the industry.

• We carry out a SWOT analysis of the Japanese Defense Industry.

• Major industry players are analyzed along with a profile of their activities in the defense and security industry.

• Outlook for the Japanese Defense and Security Industry is carried out through a forecast for the Armed Forces, forecast for defense expenditure, and a forecast for defense trade in the country.

• A political and economic SWOT of Japan completes this comprehensive profile of Japan’s Defense and Security Industry.

Synergyst ’s report on Defense and Security in Japan is a complete profile of this growingly competitive industry in Japan that is incorporating many changes in the recent years in order to make a global mark.

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